Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Israel Dances to Indian Bollywood Music

In April 2010 we shared a video of Indian dancers performing a Bollywood style production of Hava Nagila in an Indian film.  This April and May it was Israel's turn to reciprocate.

As a kick start to the month-long cultural Festival "Celebrating India in Israel, a Bollywood Dance workshop was organized on April 29 at the Suzanne Dellal Center in Tel Aviv, the most important dance establishment in Israel. Several hundred Israelis enthusiastically participated in the workshop. The workshop was conducted by Gilles Chuyen.

Trained in France in Folk, Modern Jazz, Ballet and contemporary dance styles, Gilles Chuyen has been working in India since 1994 with various dance forms such as Chhau Mayurbhanj, Kathak and Bharata Natyam. His repertoire includes contemporary solo works such as Rasa - the dance of emotions with which he toured France and India, and many group pieces such as Colours and Prakriti with his dance company In Step.

He has been choreographing plays directed by the most prestigious Indian directors, which have taken him all over India and to the U.K., Singapore, Pakistan, Mexico and Colombia. His Bollywood career comprises of ad campaigns, stage shows in China, Hong Kong, the U.K., Australia, and South Africa. He is the choreographer and artistic director of Bollywood Love Story- A Musical directed by Sanjoy Roy which has been touring Switzerland, Austria, Germany, South Africa, Spain and Italy for the last few years. His association with Bollywood comprises also of work on feature films as a choreographer and actor -- dancer.

As can be seen in the video below, Israelis love to dance, and enjoy adapting to the different motions and steps in the Bollywood style.  Let's dance with them!

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